One of the more subtle problems homeowners experience with their plumbing is low water pressure. Unlike a leak or a clogged drain, lower water pressure might be harder to detect, especially if the difference from before is not too big. But having low water pressure in your home means that every task will be more frustrating and take a longer time, like washing your dishes, taking a shower, or waiting for the toilet tank to refill.
We at Anytime Plumbing know that it’s not so simple to detect the cause of low water pressure in your home, and we have intervened in many types of cases. This is why we have compiled a list of the most common causes of low water pressure for you.
Possible Causes of Low Water Pressure
Here are the most common issues leading to low water pressure, and what kind of intervention they would need.
- The main house shutoff valve is partially closed
If you had previous plumbing issues when you had to turn off the main shutoff valve, you should check if you got it open all the way after fixing the previous issue.
- The water meter valve is partially closed
Have you had any work done to your house recently? If so, your water meter valve could be left partially closed, causing low water pressure. Your water company is the one that should deal with it, so contact them in case you have eliminated other options.
- Damaged, corroded pipes
If your pipes are corroded, they might be leaking, which will not only cause low water pressure, but also huge water bills and very expensive potential water damage.
- The problem is with your water supplier
Are your neighbors experiencing the same issue? Try to have a chat with a few of them and ask if they have low water pressure in the entire house. This indicates a problem with the water supplier and you should contact them for answers.
- Issues with the pressure regulator
A plumber will be able to check the pressure regulator and see if it’s functioning properly.
- Sharing pipelines with another household
If you’re sharing pipes with neighbors, your water pressure might get low when they are showering, flushing, or generally using water in their own household.
- Leaks in the pipes
Pipe leaks, as mentioned before, can lead to low water pressure and water damage. Other signs of leaks are water pooling where it doesn’t belong, moisture in your walls, floors, or yard, etc.
- Faulty fixtures
If low water pressure can only be observed in certain fixtures, it’s unlikely that it’s caused by problems in the piping. Instead, you should have the fixture checked and replaced or repaired.
Any of the problems above will have to be diagnosed and fixed by a professional plumber, as DIY jobs can do more damage if you are not entirely sure of what you are doing. We at Anytime Plumbing keep our prices highly competitive and are ready to intervene around the clock for any of your plumbing issues.
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